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Lawlor on officials, the introduction of VAR and a festival of football over the weekend

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On rise: NIFL chief Gerard Lawlor wants the Irish League to keep progressing. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

On rise: NIFL chief Gerard Lawlor wants the Irish League to keep progressing. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

On rise: NIFL chief Gerard Lawlor wants the Irish League to keep progressing. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) chief executive Gerard Lawlor has admitted that the standard of refereeing is a threat to the progress of the Irish League.

A number of high-profile Premiership managers have slammed the officiating this season and Lawlor insists that he is searching for solutions to the problem and has spoken to his counterpart at the Irish FA, Patrick Nelson, about this burning issue in the game.


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